Junk Boat Races Fiesta Weekend

By far one of the most entertaining contests taking place Fiesta Weekend is the annual Junk Boat Race. This event combines creativity, recycling, and water skills.

There are two categories in which to enter, the first being homemade junk boats. These boats consist of anything you can think of that will float, old tire inner tubes, milk jugs, Styrofoam, scrap wood, etc. As long as it floats, and is sturdy enough to support your weight, you can enter it. However, junk boats cannot have nails or screws, and if it looks like a “boat” then it’s in the second category.

The second category is for homemade boats, that are not junk per say. These may be handcrafted fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, or other “real” boats that are handmade.

Cash prizes are awarded to the winner of the race in each category.

This is a fun annual event that takes place on Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m., at the Cuchillo Negro Bridge. After the parade, enjoy a relaxing float down the mighty Rio Grande while you race away to the finish at Ralph Edwards Park, where Fiesta will be in full swing with live music, arts and crafts booths, merchants, and food vendors.

The cost to enter is $25 per boat, and each boat can have up to two people in it. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., at the Cuchillo Negro Bridge, the far east side of Third Street towards Elephant Butte Dam.

For more information, contact Clay Spears at (575) 740-0227, cmc.cmc@windstream.net. This event takes a bit of planning, so get started on your boat today!

Enjoy the Truth or Consequences Fiesta like you never have before. Grab a partner and a lifejacket, and get building. We hope to see you there!


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